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80 The PCB Design Magazine • July 2017 circuit board manufacturer located in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. American Standard Circuits Earns Key Military Qualification MIL-PRF-50884F and Expands MIL-PRF-31032 American Standard Circuits' CEO Anaya Vardya an- nounced recently that his company has officially re- ceived its military qualification for flex and rigid-flex printed circuit boards: MIL-PRF- 50884F and MIL- PRF-31032C, QPL/QML Product Assurance Level, FSC 5998: Cage Code 4AA34: CN056313, VQ (VQE-17-031438). Beyond Scaling: an Electronics Resurgence Initiative The Department of Defense's proposed FY 2018 budget includes a $75 million allocation for DARPA in support of a new, public-private "electronics re- surgence" initiative. The initiative seeks to under- gird a new era of electronics in which advances in per formance will be catalyzed not just by continued component miniaturization but also by radically new microsystem materials, designs, and architectures. UQ Partners with Lockheed Martin to Develop Next-Gen Computers for Aerospace Applications University of Queensland researchers have part - nered with global technology leader Lockheed Mar- tin to develop next generation computers for aero- space applications. ARC Future Fellow and project lead Professor Warwick Bowen said the partnership would develop a new approach to computer tech- nology, with the potential for future commercial im- pacts in the aerospace industry. All Flex Expands Primary Production Facility All Flex, a manufacturer of flexible printed circuit boards and flexible heaters, recently completed an expansion of its primary production facility in North- field, Minnesota, increasing its fabrication footprint by 10%. With two facilities in Northfield, the com- pany invested $400K in consolidating its headquar- ters into one location, freeing up needed space for production capacity , fabrication processes, and im- proved material flow. Off-the-Shelf Power-Generating Clothes Are Almost Here A lightweight, comfortable jacket that can generate the power to light up a jogger at night may sound futuristic, but materials scientist Trisha Andrew at the University of Massachusetts Amherst could make one today. They have invented a way to apply breathable, pliable, metal-free electrodes to fabric and off-the- shelf clothing so it feels good to the touch and trans- ports enough electricity to power small electronics. Eltek Inks Distribution Agreement with NCAB Group Italy Eltek Ltd., a global manufacturer and supplier of technologically advanced solutions in the field of printed circuit boards, announced today an agree - ment with NCAB Group Italy to distribute Eltek's products in Italy. Tucking in to NIST's '3D Printer' Testbed 3D printing of metal objects is a booming industry, with the market for products and services worth more than an estimated $2.3 billion in 2015—a nearly five-fold growth since 2010. Faster, More Nimble Drones on the Horizon There's a limit to how fast autonomous vehicles can fly while safely avoiding obstacles. That's because the cameras used on today's drones can only process images so fast, frame by individual frame. Beyond roughly 30 miles per hour, a drone is likely to crash simply because its cameras can't keep up. DARPA Picks Design for Next-Generation Spaceplane DARPA has selected The Boeing Company to com - plete advanced design work for the Agency's Experi- mental Spaceplane (XS-1) program, which aims to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hy- personic aircraft that would bolster national security by providing short-notice, low-cost access to space. Compunetics and Circuits, LLC Announce Acquisition Compunetics Inc. is pleased to announce it has concluded an agreement with Circuits, LLC to ac- quire the assets of Circuits, LLC, a flexible printed MilAero007 Highlights

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